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Thomas Howerton OwenRoster ID 513
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1856|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Thomas Howerton Owen, Class of 1856: Genealogy: Born- June 11, 1833 in Mayo, Halifax Co. Va. Father- Robert Easley Owen; Mother- Mary Howerton. Pat. Grandfather- John Marshall Owen; Pat. Grandmother- Nannie Easley. Mat. Grandfather- Thomas Howerton; Mat. Grandmother- Elizabeth Hunt. Married- On May 8, 1861 to Elizabeth Alice Williams, daughter of Haywood Williams of Person Co., NC Children- 1- Lucy N. Owen, who became Mrs. Wiliamson; 2- Mary M. Owen, who became Mrs. Annspaugh; 3- Mildred E. Owen, who became Mrs. Knight; 4- Anne Royal Owen, who became Mrs. Willson; 5- Cornelia E. Owen; 6- Harriet C. Owen; 7- Josephine C. Owen, who became Mrs. Blocknall. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Jan. 31, 1853; Graduated July 4, 1856 standing 29th in a class of 33. Military Record: Captain of a volunteer company in South Boston in 1859; Enlisted for state service May 24, 1861 with what became Co. C of the 3rd Va. Cavalry (originally Co. H); switched to Confederate States service Aug. 16, 1861; appointed Captain Dec. 16, 1861 and re-elected to that post April 25, 1862; promoted to Lt. Col. Oct. 21, 1862; Wounded in action (in the hand) May 7, 1864 at Spotsylvania; in hospital July- Aug. 1864 (with diarrhea); Absent, sick Oct. 1864; Promoted to Col. Feb. 23, 1865 (Had been commanding his Regiment since late 1862, but his original promotion had not been properly done and was not official until Feb. 1865. Unofficial source states that he was wounded and lost a finger in the Battle of Gettysburg, and was wounded at another time in the abdomen. Careers: Planter; Civil Engineer. Died- May 8, 1894 in South Boston, Va.|